Txikito

4.6
540 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Basque
Acclaimed Basque restaurant from chef Alex Raij and Eder Montero located in Chelsea. Txikito is a love letter to the Basque region, serving authentic small plates, whole fish and crispy suckling pig.

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The Infatuation
7.4

Txikito has been doing solid business in Chelsea for several years, serving Basque-style tapas to people who are mostly on dates. How much you'll like it probably depends on how much you're looking to spend.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
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Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service. Very comfortable.

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XE
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very knowledgeable server, excellent food intended for sharing. A really good date place.

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RA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

an expensive waste of time, we had 6 plates and still came away hungry,
ambience and service were fine but, do not waster your time, find another
tapas place. a definite place to stay away from if you are looking for a nice
dinner.

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was better than the last. Been living in NYC for 16 years and this is one of the best restaurants we’ve been to. Truly exceptional

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W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Superb food, warm, attentive and knowledgeable service, great wine selection and cocktails...what more could one want?!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always interesting and well done.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was really good, it’s just the food was new for us, and very bitter and dry (as in dry wine, not moisture dry) We may go again, but it won’t be a regular spot. I think if you know and like Basque food, this would be a great spot. It was new for us.

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DB
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is always fantastic. Only problem: this evening there seemed to be a children's party in the side room. I didn't know that children were into tapas. Too much noise and too much running around by the kiddies ruined an otherwise excellent meal.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend it. Very authentic

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SS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly fabulous meal- interesting flavor combinations that had us all still talking about it the next day.

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DO
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. The whole turbot boned at the table was a prize winner. Carlos, our server, was great, and guided us through the menu. We'll definitely recommend it to others.

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JS
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable meal with four friends, delicious tapas, very friendly service. Limited number of pure vegetarian options, but they were able to modify some of the dishes so that even our vegetarian diner walked away full and happy.

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NY
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cute little place, and I like the use of the tray above the tables for drink space! The food here is delicious. I love basque food anyway - but we had nothing that was bad. The red peppers with anchovies really stood out. Delicious! Get some cider and really feel like you're in San Sebastian.

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PD
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food in a very nice and cosy environment. Noise level is low, so you can talk and don't have to scream. Great service and excellent food that is served in a nice way so it is easy to share and it doesn't come all at once. Will go back

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AA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great choice for us. We read the Basque book and could explore many of the dishes that are there! Awesome!

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B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never had a bad meal here. Every dish is so well thought out. It’s really exceptional food. You have to try the sucking pig, potato salad w tuna, marinated white anchovy, white asparagus. Yuuumm and The service is excellent, Rob manages the restaurant. You can’t go wrong here.

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L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always Txikito delivers for food, service and interesting cuisine.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food. One of the best tapas bars in NYC.

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A
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was terrific

The food was inventive and tasty

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GK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice to meet old friends

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w
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very knowledgeable about all the items on the menu, including the specials & the wine. We ended up ordering every special available plus a couple of extra dishes from the menu and were very pleased with the food & cocktails. Great experience overall.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and service
We love coming here

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LA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining here is always a wonderful experience -from the warm greeting upon arriving to the wonderful service and delicious food.

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GC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We recently spent time in the Basque region of Spain and France and really enjoyed the food and culture. Finding Txikito so close to home was amazing! Best of all, it didn't disappoint. My family of 4 ordered about 14 different dishes and loved them all. Each was outstanding - from simple anchovy and olive skewers to a pork roast special and Napoleon and pear dessert. And SO fresh! Service was terrific - very helpful and attentive - and I loved the vibe, which was warm and relaxed. It's also the only place I know of that serves txakoli and authentic cider. We will most definitely return - especially since it turns out my favorite Christmas present this year - a Basque cook book that I intended to dive into as soon as the holidays were over - was written by the owners and needs a signature!!

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CM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Our food was wonderful and enjoyed the overall vibe though our waitperson was not so great, surly even. We made it known at booking and upon arrival we were there for a birthday celebration and barely got a hello let alone acknowledgement of a special night. Good options for both carnivores and vegetarians and glad we tried it though might not seek out again for a special occasion.

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P
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. But pricey. My only issue was they gave us a small amount of bread once.

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e
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in NYC. I eat here whenever I can and my friends and family always love it, no matter their palette or the occasion this is a crowd pleaser. Highly recommend.

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j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique menu
Very tasty

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LB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed Txikito from the moment I walked in the door, when the person who greeted me helped to pronounce the name of the restaurant correctly! The cocktails are outstanding, the food is fresh and flavorful, and the service is fantastic. We ended being the last ones out the door. An incredibly satisfying experience, from the food on the plate to the friendly atmosphere.

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Txikito is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Delicious pintxos (or most generally thought of as small bites/tapas) and entrees alike. Love that they have Txakolina (Spanish white wine) and am also a fan of the Zurrakapote (kind of like a white sangria but way better). Great for groups and the staff is so friendly. Favorite eats are Boquerón, Txangurro, Mejillones con Pochas, Txilindron and anything on the specials menu... you can't go wrong with anything you order.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!


Al loved the sharing and the diverse food options!

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Anyone who has experienced tapas in Spain will find the dishes in this restaurant disappointing. We went here because reviews said it is the best tapas in Manhattan. For the sake of New Yorkers I hope this is not true because the food is average at best. It’s also very expensive. There were 2 of us and we had 9 dishes between us plus a couple of glasses of wine each and it came to $250 plus tip. The service was good and we did have a nice evening but definitely not worth the high price we had to pay for it.

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OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great

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NY
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Variety of tapas small plates and medium. Wonderful for sharing. Beautifully flavored

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SG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Basque fare! Try the octopus- delicious

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DS
San Francisco
138 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience tonight at a place I've not been to before. With a ton of restaurant options, this stands out as a place to go over and over and never get tired of. The team was amazing, knew the menu, and very friendly. Food arrived well-spaced, beautifully presented, and the cocktails were expertly made by Jonathan. What a gem of a place…look forward to going back!

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HF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tiny place with amazing food.

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M
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had 6 or 7 dishes, the suckling pig, cod croquettes and artichoke on toast were all outstanding. All the dishes were interesting and well done.

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JN
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had this restaurant on my to-go-to list for some time. Finally got to eat here. Their suckling pig and lamb shank (both specials) were really good.

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K
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is amazing! Drinks left a bit to be desired, though the cocktails are unique and add to the overall immersive experience of Txikito. Loved the small plates and variety of flavors in the dishes. Don’t miss the Pulpo carpaccio!

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